Thursday, January 1, 2009

MF Frogs 1

Fishing frog (missing his fishing pole) next to the Walla Walla River in M-F.

Milton-Freewater has a city mascot. It may seem odd, and it probably is, but it's fun, too. The reason it has its own mascot is because during the summer, there is a community event (similar to a fair) called Muddy Frogwater Days. (It's supposed to be a clever twist on the town's name.) Hence, everything in Milton-Freewater is about frogs. Back in 2004, the city decided to do some branding in an attempt to "sell" the town as a great place to be. Or rather, a "Toadly awesome place." The New York Times even wrote a piece about the town's attempt to add itself to the map. (Which, by the way, didn't work, because after they made a big deal about the frogs, nothing else happened, and M-F was still the run-down, dirty, uninteresting town it always was.) Hence, the Milton-Freewater frogs. Many establishments in town have frog statues in front, with frogs doing something to do with the place of business. For instance, frogs sipping beer in front of a bar, frogs reading in front of the library, etc. I'm going to start a series today to show you those MF Frogs. All of them. So, get're about to enter Muddy Frogwater Country.


Mitch said...

That's a great story, I love oddly tragic attempts to dress up something. Frogs only turn into prices in fairy tales.

Thanks, you put a smile on my face.
Happy New Year!
- Mitch

bitingmidge said...

I hope you have a fantastic muddy frog 2009!

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